Tuesday, November 16, 2004

America doesn't get what she deserves

In a letter to the Boy President, Dr. Bob Jones III, president of Bob Jones University, had this to say:

"In your re-election, God has graciously granted America--though she doesn't deserve it--a reprieve from the agenda of paganism."
Well, you know what? In a way, Bob Jones is right.

America doesn't deserve the casualties of an unnecessary war in the Persian Gulf.

America doesn't deserve the ire of ultra-right-wing Christian Conservatives who--let's face it--have nothing to do with Christianity.

America doesn't deserve to lose her vast bastions of wilderness to gluttonous oil tycoons and a ravenous timber industry.

America doesn't deserve to have to cede her pole position in the field of medical technology just because a bunch of dogmatic free marketeers think the government shouldn't fund scientific research.

America doesn't deserve political discourse that is anything but discursive.

America doesn't deserve a news media that's more interested in making money than fulfilling its role as public watchdog.

America doesn't deserve a president who doesn't know how to do the job and doesn't care.

I could go on and on. You get the picture. I don't deserve this crap, and neither do you. We are America, too, and deserve the very best, no matter what Bob Jones says.